Your cancer patient's using CAM: Can you turn a blind eye?

This hypothetical medicolegal case explores the potential pitfalls of alternative treatments

It’s an issue we’ve all encountered: a patient is telling you they’re opting for a treatment that you believe is of no benefit, or may even be harmful.

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Sometimes the issues and risks are clearer than others, but these situations all present a range of similar challenges.

How hard should you try to talk a patient out of such a decision, particularly if you believe your insistence would harm the therapeutic relationship?

Can you support your patient while satisfying your legal and ethical obligations?